University of St. La Salle
|University of St. La Salle|
|Motto||Excellence with a Soul, Competence with Compassion|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic, Lasallian|
|President||Raymundo B. Suplido|
|Location||Bacolod City, Philippines|
|Campus||Urban, 100,000 m² (La Salle Avenue Campus)|
|Hymn||Alma Mater Hymn|
|Colors||Green and White|
The University of St. La Salle (USLS), located in La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, Philippines, is a Catholic private university run by the De La Salle Brothers. It is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Established in 1952 as La Salle College - Bacolod, it is the second oldest campus originally founded by the congregation in the country. The university is a member of De La Salle Philippines, a network established in 2006 comprising 17 Lasallian institutions in the country.
Its main campus in La Salle Avenue houses the university's college and graduate school units, as well as its high school and grade school (collectively, the Integrated School). The USLS Health Sciences Campus, located at Lacson Blvd., is an additional facility for students under its Nursing and Medicine program. Its other campus, the 55-hectare scenic USLS Granada Campus, is home to the Agribusiness Farm and the Science Ecological Park, which caters to its Agribusiness students. La Salle-Bacolod offers programs in elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels.
USLS was founded by Br. Dennis Ruland FSC, Br. Hugh Wester FSC, and Br. V. Felix Masson FSC. La Salle College-Bacolod opened with 175 male students from Prep to Grade 5, under seven faculty members. The school building was unimpressive, built amidst sprawling muddy grounds and borded by cane fields of adjoining lands.
In the 1960s La Salle College-Bacolod expanded from Grade School to College. This was made possible through donations by alumni, parents and benefactors. The school became co-educational in 1966.
On July 5, 1988, La Salle College-Bacolod was formally elevated to university status and christened University of St. La Salle during rites graced by then Honorable Secretary of Education Lourdes Quisumbing.
The university's patron saint is St. John Baptist de La Salle, a French priest, educational reformer, and founder of an international educational movement who spent over forty years of his life dedicated to education for the children of the poor. In the process, he standardized educational practices throughout France, wrote inspirational meditations on the ministry of teaching (along with catechisms, politeness texts, and other resources for teachers and students), and became the catalyst and resource for many other religious congregations dedicated to education that were founded in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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